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Bürgerkrieg in Syrien: Assads Regierungstruppen dringen in Chan Scheichun ein

Der syrischen Armee von Machthaber Baschar al-Assad ist in die Stadt Chan Scheichun in der Provinz Idlib vorgerückt. Es ist ihr größter Militärerfolg seit Beginn der Offensive im April.
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Fans say Betty White should be in Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ video, not Kylie Jenner
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Angry Canadians are going after illegal US visitors amid COVID-19
Angry Canadians are intimidating and reporting Americans they suspect may have crossed the border illegally to escape the coronavirus crisis in the United States, according to a report. Residents of the country — known under normal circumstances for being exceedingly friendly — have taken to tracking and damaging the property of people with US license...
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Oprah's O Magazine puts up billboards all over Louisville demanding action in the Breonna Taylor case
Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine is putting up billboards around Louisville, Kentucky, calling for the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor to be arrested and charged.
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Is the bike path from the South Bay to Santa Monica open during coronavirus?
Let this be the inspiration you need to grab your bike and hit the road. Just don't forget your mask.
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A rural New York county has adopted one of the most progressive trans prison policies in the US
A protester wearing a mask in Times Square, New York, holds a skateboard that reads “Black Trans Lives Matter” on July 26. | Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images Advocates hope the new policy will serve as a model for other jurisdictions. Steuben County, New York, seems like an unexpected place to find one of the nation’s most progressive transgender prison policies. The rural and conservative county lies roughly between Elmira and Binghamton,in the central part of the state, about a four and a half hour drive from New York City. But thanks to a recently announced legal settlement, it now has a trans jail policy that could serve as a model for other prison systems throughout the state — and even the rest of the country. At the center of the case is Jena Faith, who was picked up by police in April 2018 for allegedly using counterfeit money to buy pizza, beer, and chicken wings, and initially sent to the Steuben County Jail for pre-trial confinement, according to a legal complaint filed in August 2019. During intake, Faith informed jail officials that she is transgender, having begun her medical transition six years earlier and changing her name and gender marker in 2014. Initially, she was housed in the jail’s women’s facility but several days later was transferred to the men’s side and put in the general population. Once there, jail staff discontinued her hormone replacement treatment, she told Vox. A fellow inmate — a man and registered sex offender — began harassing her, touching her, blowing kisses at her, writing her letters saying he loved her, and propositioning her. At first, her complaints were ignored, and she hid in her cell as often as possible. Later, she was transferred to a different portion of the jail in which several inmates lobbed homophobic and transphobic slurs at her, according to her initial legal complaint. Faith was confined there for four months and her mistreatment was enough to prompt her to file a lawsuit against the county sheriff, who is responsible for managing the jail, as well as jail staff. “I felt that I should have been respected as being a woman,” she told Vox, pointing to New York state law protecting trans people who aren’t incarcerated. “They can’t discriminate against you, but when you’re in jail they can do whatever they want and I thought that was wrong.” According to a settlement in Faith’s case, which was announced Tuesday, trans people in Steuben County will now be presumptively held according to their gender identity, not their assigned sex at birth. The new policy, which the New York State Sheriff’s Association consulted on, also requires the jail to administer hormones according to an inmate’s prescribed schedule and follow a number of trans-inclusive policies affecting incarcerated individuals’ daily lives. LGBTQ advocates hope that the new trans policy in Steuben County can be applied elsewhere in New York state and throughout the rest of the country. If that were to happen, it would be a victory for trans people, given the community’s disproportionately high rate of incarceration. According to a joint study by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 21 percent of all trans women have been incarcerated at some point in their lives compared to a 5 percent incarceration rate among the general population. That percentage jumps to 47 percent for Black trans women. “We know that it is a workable policy that can easily be implemented in any county in New York state and throughout the nation,” said David Brown, legal director at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). “There’s no reason to think that the conditions are so different that it can’t easily be adapted to serve any jail.” The Steuben County policy, briefly explained Steuben County’s new policy is not a first of its kind (the California state Senate passed a bill in May 2019 which would institute a similar policy), but it’s progressive because it recognizes trans people as human beings who experience unique threats based on their identity. Trans women specifically are often singled out by anti-trans activists as potential physical and sexual threats to cisgender women,an unfounded myth based largely on stereotypes. In actuality, they themselves are statistically the most at-risk imprisoned demographic. The new Steuben County policy skirts the political issue behind housing trans women with cis women by allowing for any risk toward fellow inmates to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, rather than assuming all trans women are a risk. This is how risk assessments for cis inmates have been done for a very long time. In other words, trans women are presumptively housed in the women’s unit unless there is a specific reason to deem an individual a risk, in which case other accommodations would be made. Beyond the policy’s housing stipulations, there are several other key provisions that put it among the most progressive in the country: Staff at the county jail must respect a trans person’s gender identity in all contexts, including the use of names and pronouns. Searches should be conducted by staff of the same gender as a trans person’s gender identity. Trans inmates must be given access to clothing, toiletries, and grooming standards consistent with their gender identity. This is particularly important because trans women are often not allowed to wear a bra and trans men are denied the liberty to wear a chest binder in custody. Trans people should be able to access transition-related medical care like hormone replacement therapy while in custody. The fight for trans prison justice is a piecemeal process As with many issues around prison justice, the sheer number of state and local jurisdictions makes the nation a patchwork of different policies when it comes to where and how to treat transgender prisoners. While statistics are difficult to come by, trans women are most commonly imprisoned in men’s facilities. A 2017 review of 21 state policies conducted by the Prison Policy Institute found that just eight states allowed for trans housing decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis, rather than according to assigned sex at birth. In men’s prisons, trans women are nine times more likely to face physical or sexual violence than other inmates, according to a National Center for Transgender Equality report. Congress has acknowledged the problem, laying out guidelines in the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003. But the executive branch ignored the issue for nearly a decade — it wasn’t until 2012 that the Obama administration rolled out a new Department of Prisons policy requiring prisons to take steps to eliminate sexual assault, including against trans inmates. This was too much for the Trump administration, which reversed the policy in May 2018 to once again house trans people according to their assigned sex at birth. As a result, in order to keep trans inmates safe, they are often held in solitary confinement — but that’s not a good idea for prisoners’ mental or physical health, either. This was the case for Layleen Polanco in New York City’s Rikers Island. While incarcerated in June 2019, Polanco died of a seizure. While Polanco lay lifeless in her cell last June, correctional officers stood outside her cell laughing, according to security footage released this summer. Prison staff had failed to conduct the 15-minute-interval health check-ins that are required for prisoners held in solitary confinement. Staff told investigators that they thought she was sleeping. It was her third seizure in custody. In June, an investigation by the Bronx District Attorney’s office cleared prison staff of any wrongdoing in Polanco’s death, even though the DA report also indicated that correctional officers had left her alone for up to 47 minutes, contravening jail regulations. “You have facilities that are placing trans people in solitary confinement because they refuse to place people in safe housing outside of solitary confinement,” said Zahara Green, executive director of Transcending Barriers, a trans-led nonprofit that supports the trans community in Georgia. “There are many issues with solitary confinement that we suffer psychological issues or mental health issues. ... It’s something that exists within these prison systems all over the nation.” Polanco’s death has spurred discussion on how to better accommodate trans women in prison. “I have found myself in the room with many prison officials all over the nation. What they’re saying is that when they try to implement policies or create policies to protect trans people from sexual abuse and physical abuse and confinements, especially trans women, they have to deal with pushback from legislators,” said Green. Trans people have also sued, as Faith did, in order to be housed correctly. In 2018, a 52-year-old trans woman in Massachusetts named Angelina Resto sued the state prison system after she was housed in a men’s prison facility after being convicted of a nonviolent crime. Resto had transitioned more than four decades before her conviction, and yet the prison system housed her with men; she claimed she was repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted by other prisoners as well as prison staff. In September 2018, Resto won her suit and became the first trans woman in the country to be transferred from a men’s prison to a women’s facility, according to attorneys at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. Several similar lawsuits have been brought since. It’s the systemic change in Steuben County that’s most important to Faith, who praised the policy change even though she’s no longer locked up. “I’m just tired of the mistreatment and they need to know that it stops now,” said Faith. “No more hatred towards the community.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Brett Favre says he empathizes with Donald Trump in handling coronavirus: 'Damned if you do and damned if you don't'
During a golf outing with Donald Trump, Brett Favre said he empathized with him in dealing with COVID-19: "Damned if you do and damned if you don't."       
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A cat composer's mewsic to meow ears
For the record, cat composer David Teie is not a cat. He is an adult human man. And although Teie is most certainly not a cat, he makes some excellent music for felines. Teie is a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra and a composer who lives in Washington, D.C. Teie's interest in composing for animals started with an interest in how humans hear music. Teie has released two volumes of music for cats that uses "feline-centric sounds" like bird noises and purring to interest kitties.
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In a heated exchange, CNN's Poppy Harlow confronts Trump's top economic adviser
In a testy back and forth with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Larry Kudlow said Republicans want to scale back the $600 weekly supplemental unemployment insurance benefit in a bill or executive action that would renew the expired emergency provision.
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Delta CEO: 'Well over 100 people' have been banned from flying after refusing to wear masks
Dozens of people have been barred from flying on Delta airplanes for refusing to comply with the airline industry's mask policies, Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CNN's Julia Chatterley on Friday.
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Former Angels employee Eric Kay indicted for distributing fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs
Eric Kay, a longtime Angels PR official, was indicted by federal authorities in Texas for distributing Fentanyl that caused the fatal overdose of Tyler Skaggs.
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Becky Anderson challenges former Lebanese FM on country's kleptocracy
After a monstrous blast tore into Beirut, compounding the difficulties of a withering economy, Gebran Bassil tells Becky Anderson "corruption is not our destiny, we have to believe in change."
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US sanctions Hong Kong leader, police commissioner, others for crackdown
Like the administration's other sanctions, these are mainly symbolic.
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Video: Portland Rioters Throw Paint on Elderly Woman's Face for Defending Police Station
Portland protesters aggressively confronted two elderly women who reportedly tried to stop some of the flagrant criminal activity — throwing paint on one of them — the Portland police confirmed.
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Couples would rather shrink their guest list than postpone their wedding
Forty-eight percent of Americans planning a wedding would rather shrink their guest list and have it now than wait for their perfect day, according to new research. The survey found respondents were split on what to do about their big day: while almost half would rather have their wedding now, 38 percent prefer to wait...
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House Dems can sue to enforce McGahn subpoena, federal court rules
A federal court ruled Friday that House Democrats can sue to enforce a subpoena for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.
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American Paul Whelan arrives at Russian penal colony after espionage conviction
The former U.S. Marine sentenced by a Russian court to 16 years on espionage charges reportedly has arrived in the region where he will serve out his term. 
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The Books Briefing: The Writers Who Don’t Work Alone
Who wrote Shakespeare’s plays? A definitive statement of authorship may be hard to come by, but evidence suggests that the bard did not write alone. He co-wrote The Two Noble Kinsmen with his contemporary John Fletcher, and collaborations with actors, playwrights, and others likely informed his other works.Authorship is not always so disputed, but Shakespeare’s case still highlights something important: Writing is often seen as a solitary pursuit, but co-authors, editors, and friends typically enrich the process. The author Erik Ofgang, for instance, wrote The Good Vices with his father. Miranda Popkey and Zan Romanoff, novelists and close friends, similarly relied on each other for support when writing their books. A Secret Sisterhood, which is fittingly co-written by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, examines the relationships that fueled work from literary giants such as George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.Fan fiction authors often find their collaborators online. Writers in the Secret Garden, by Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis, details the supportive comments and constructive criticism that make fan fiction’s collaborative online forums effective teaching environments. ​Every Friday in the Books Briefing, we thread together Atlantic stories on books that share similar ideas. Know other book lovers who might like this guide? Forward them this email. What We’re Reading​ LIBRARY OF CONGRESSShakespeare didn’t write alone“Plays are by their very nature collaborative, dependent not merely on a playwright’s talent but on the abilities of various theater artists and technicians to put the play onstage. Authorship is only one, though admittedly the main one, of the conditions of play-making.”
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‘Young and the Restless’ star Melody Thomas Scott describes cast’s return to set
"It's kind of like stepping into ‘The Twilight Zone.’”
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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Authorizes Schools to Open for in-Person Learning
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is authorizing schools statewide to reopen for in-person learning this fall, he announced on Friday.
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Lebanon: Police Arrest Reporters, Tear-Gas Protesters at Beirut Blast Site
Dozens of residents of Beirut, Lebanon, took the streets late Thursday to demand accountability from their government after an explosion destroyed much of the city's port area, leaving at least 150 dead, 5,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless. Security forces responded by tear-gassing desperate residents.
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Pelosi says Democrats willing to compromise at $2T for coronavirus bill, rejected by Trump admin
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats were willing to compromise at $2 trillion for the fourth coronavirus stimulus package, but that the Trump administration rejected their offer.
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The Leader of Europe’s ‘Last Dictatorship’ Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here’s What It Could Mean for Belarus
Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on…
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Rally that usually attracts 400,000 people still being held
The city said it didn't cancel the event because thousands of people would show up anyway.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Fight’ on VOD, a Documentary Capturing the ACLU’s Righteous War against Trump
Here are four (among dozens) of lawsuits filed by the ACLU against the White House.
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Carrie Lam: Hong Kong to offer free, one-time coronavirus testing to all residents
The goal is to be able to increase the city's testing capacity ten-fold in order to handle the initiative.
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Biden Backtracks Comments Contrasting Diversity In Black And Latino Communities
In response to a question from NPR about whether Biden would engage with Cuba if elected president, Biden contrasted the diversity of the country's Latino community with that of the Black community.
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Hulu Offers New Annual Subscription Plan for Ad-Supported Customers
The new plan knocks the annual price down to $59.99, meaning monthly customers can save $10 per year on the streaming service.
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NYT destroys liberal narrative of Seattle’s 'Autonomous Zone,' describes 'harrowing' scene for businesses
The New York Times surprisingly demolished the mainstream media’s previous narrative that Seattle's police-free “Autonomous Zone” was a peaceful area with a block party atmosphere by speaking with local business owners who are now suing the city over the damage caused.
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Iowa man broke into bank to steal hand sanitizer: Police
An Iowa man has been arrested for breaking into a bank -- only to steal some hand sanitizer, police say. 
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Putting an N95 mask in an Instant Pot decontaminates it: study
Last year’s hot kitchen appliance is trendy again — this time, for being a virus killer.
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Postmaster General vows ‘we are not slowing down’ voting by mail
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is pledging that the U.S Postal Service “will do everything we can to deliver election mail in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards.”
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Mick Jagger knows what Stones song he'd play at a political rally. But Trump should ask first
For his first credited acting role in nearly 20 years, Mick Jagger plays a charming but dangerous art dealer in "The Burnt Orange Heresy" who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He would like to stress that the character is nothing like him.
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Pollak: Joe Biden Mocked Trump's Faith for Months, Shocked When Trump Fires Back
Joe Biden has been smearing Trump's faith for months for political gain. His objection is simply that Trump has turned the tables.
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The top 5 back-to-school supplies to buy at Walmart
Here are the back-to-school basics you can grab from Walmart      
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Review: As press freedom is threatened in the Philippines, democracy dies by 'A Thousand Cuts'
New documentary profiles renowned journalist Maria Ressa as she and her outlet do battle with the Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Keilar chokes up talking about those who've died from Covid-19
CNN's Brianna Keilar becomes emotional while talking about those who have died from coronavirus and the families they've left behind.
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People are brushing their teeth way more after smelling their breath with a mask on
Seventy-five percent of Americans don’t kiss their partner when they wake up because of dreadful morning breath, according to new research. A poll of 3,000 Americans found 81 percent said bad breath is a massive turn-off and nearly a quarter (22 percent) have actually broken things off with a partner because of a bad breath...
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Video captures Beirut furniture store blown apart after explosion
Two cameras inside a Beirut furniture store captured the terrifying moment the city was rocked by a massive explosion, which sent a group of people at the business running for their lives amid the devastation. Naji Fatte, the Lebanese businessman who runs the local branch of the Italian furniture company Natuzzi, told Storyful that none...
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Amazon takes up to 50 percent off Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses
Amazon is back with even more summer savings. This time, it’s taking up to 50% off Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses. So you can get your hands on the luxury eyewear for some great prices. Whether you’re into aviators or square frames, you’re sure to find a pair you love. Plus, you can choose from a...
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Tribeca Film Festival sets 2021 return after coronavirus delay
It will be June 9 to 20 in New York City.
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Serinda Swan is the 'Coroner'
Ask Serinda Swan about her series "Coroner" and she may need to know where you're from to answer. The series just debuted on The CW in the U.S. but has already aired two seasons in Canada and also airs in other countries as well. Swan plays a coroner who is committed to being a voice for the dead. (Aug. 7)       
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Ohio Supreme Court to hear armed school staff training case
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district’s appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons
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Vic Beasley reports to Tennessee Titans training camp after unexcused absence
Vic Beasley's initial report date was set for July 28, but he remained away from the team in what GM Jon Robinson said was an unexcused absence.        
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Washington impasse on coronavirus relief threatens US economy
The impasse in negotiations puts at risk potentially trillions of dollars in aid for families, businesses and the U.S. economy.
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UFC on ESPN+ 32 predictions: Can Aleksei Oleinik upset the favored Derrick Lewis?
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Terry Dubrow reveals how his family supported Max Dubrow after she came out
The family has nothing but love for each other.
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Ridiculously fun beach and outdoor games to keep your family moving
From cornhole to Kam Jam to Frisbees galore, these beach and outdoor games make going outside a serious thrill.
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Trump considers executive action on economic stimulus
President Trump is considering taking executive action as lawmakers remain deadlocked in stimulus negotiations. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN to talk about the latest.
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